For Andrew Friedman and Dave Roberts, Everything is On the Line for These Dodgers in Game 3

Tonight at 6:07 PM in Arizona, the Dodgers set out to save their season. To save the fan base from another heartbreak. To save themselves from complete and total embarrassment. And to save the hides of Andrew Friedman and Dave Roberts.

No, neither is in imminent danger of being fired. But another first round exit in the playoffs — the third in the last four non-shortened seasons — would bring some serious questions to the forefront.

How can 100-win baseball teams be consistently so bad in the postseason? Is there something fundamentally wrong with the front office think tank for October?

It could just be that the team is cursed. But to have so much talent disappear the second the lights turn on every full season postseason has to be explainable.

This team could still be shell-shocked from losing spectacularly last season; haunted by the ghost of Jake Cronenworth past. Could it be that Roberts, Friedman, and even Clayton Kershaw never fully recovered from serving up back to back home runs in relief to the Nationals in 2019 to pull the rug out from a powerhouse Dodger roster?

There’s been a consistent timidness from LA over the last two Octobers. And this year it feels and looks like a group playing spooked. Scared…

Tonight, they need a miracle. And the miracle starts with Lance Lynn and a 5.73 ERA on the mound. He was good after coming to LA. Take away two starts from his outings after the trade deadline and maybe he was electric, albeit still with a home run problem.

Perhaps the Dodgers will benefit from being away from Dodger Stadium and 50,000 fans with their own expectations piercing the players on the field with their gaze of disappointment…

And fear.

Fear because if the Dodgers lose, once again fans also face the cricisms of the baseball world who laugh at a 100-win team that consistently fails. 

The Dodgers need a miracle. A miracle out of Lynn and a miracle out of Mookie Betts. As in, not a pop fly out to open the game or a ground out up the middle. At this point, it feels like it would be a minor miracle to see Mookie doing “The Freddie” at second base this fall.

The Dodgers need to hit in the first inning and give the Diamondbacks a taste of their own medicine. And that starts with taking the stick out of their you know where and playing loose. Playing with any swagger on the field.

This team has a tradition that started mid-season where they celebrate series wins with tequila shots as a group. I hope and plead with them to please take that shot before the game starts. Have fun together. Play together. Win together. And just maybe that miracle will become a reality.

Photo Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports

Clint Pasillas

Clint Pasillas has been writing, blogging, and podcasting about the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Bobby Miller, and any Dodgers of the future. Under Clint, Dodgers Nation has grown into one of the most read baseball sites in the world with millions of unique visitors per month. He's a golf enthusiast, an amateur wood worker, and a friend.


  1. Friedman has built the Dodgers for glorious summers and disappointing falls. They peak too early. That’s why they were able to win in the shortened 2020 season, which ended as they were peaking.

  2. Just as expected… Another early post season exit. Just glad it happened so I didn’t waste time and money going to a post season Dodger game I suppose. Yes our pitching was decimated by injuries and off field issues COUGH COUGH Urias, again… Bauer can finally speak and defend himself with actual evidence to back it up, and i feel bad for the guy cause the false claims RUINED his career… Friedman has to go, I would like to see Roberts gone as well. I know there are the Roberts supporters and I still don’t know why, straight INSANITY… Friedman will give one push for Ohtani and then let the rest of the League swoop him away and then go get another aged veteran that has probly played for us already once again, like Rich “The Blister” Hill
    or Scott Kazmir, typical Friedman off-season, or can we talk about letting Trea Turner walk??? Like we already let Seager go cause we had Trea Turner, and we let Justing Turner go too??? FIRE FRIEDMAN… Yes Roberts came out after last seasons playoff exit and threw Friedman right under the bus claiming the pitching decisions were all on Friendman, he is just a puppet and told what to do. Ok well then why do we have a Skipper if he ain’t gonna make his own decisions, ok he was this year trying to get us into the best position to win burning through our positional guys left and right, didnt work but he tried. Its hard when you are down 9-0 before your 2nd at bat. Not a word said to any of these SILENT BATS 3 games in a row… I’m just gonna rattle off the top 6 batters. Betts- 11AB, 0 hits, 1 walk… Freeman- 10AB, 1 hit, 2 walks, Smith- 12AB, 5 hits, 0 walks… Muncy- 11AB, 2 hits, 0 walks… JD- 10AB, 2 hits, 2 walks… Heyward- 7AB, 0 hits, 0 walks… Where is our Skipper talking to these guys to get their heads in the game… can’t expect to win any games with stat lines like those in any series. Roberts did not try to get these guys to do anything. Anyone who backs Roberts is the exact same as those DUMB Cowboys fans who back Jerry Jones and Dak…. FIRE ROBERTS AND FIRE FRIEDMAN NOW!!!!

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